Thursday was decision day in the Ivy League, and the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University were among the colleges to announce their admission decisions for fall 2013.

Once again, getting in proved no easy feat.

Penn accepted 3,785 students, or 12.1 percent of applicants. That includes both early-decision and regular-decision applicants. The admission rate for regular decision alone was 9.4 percent, the university said.

The target size of the freshman class is 2,420 students. More than 31,280 students applied for admission, Penn said.

This year's group appears to be a stronger class, at least by the measure of SAT scores. The university saw a 12-point increase in average SATs to 2,198 for reading, math, and writing combined.

More than half of the admitted students are female and 43 percent are self-reported racial/ethnic minorities, the school said.

Pennsylvania was the top state for admissions with 493, followed by New York, California, and then New Jersey. Of international applicants, Canada topped the list, followed by India, Korea, China, and Mexico.

Twelve percent of admissions went to children or grandchildren of alumni.

In New Jersey, Princeton offered admission to 1,931 students, or 7.29 percent of applicants. Nearly 26,500 applied to the university this year. The target class size is 1,290.

Ninety-seven percent of the admitted applicants are in the Top 10 percent of their class, the university said. The largest number of admitted applicants hail from California, followed by New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The university said 11.4 percent of admitted applicants are from other countries. Half are men and nearly half have reported they are people of color, including biracial and multiracial students. Nearly 10 percent are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni.

Admitted applicants at both Penn and Princeton have until May 1 to decide if they will attend.

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